Philips Original Jackets Collection: Obsessed With Sound
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An alliance of great artistry and superb sound.
Classic-status albums spanning over half a century of recording and showcasing a wealth of international talent.
An unrivaled collection that that embraces all musical genres - from solo piano and chamber music through to large scale choral works and opera.
Music that spans more than two centuries of masterworks from Bach Concertos and Schubert Lieder to twentieth-century masterpieces by Stravinsky, Bartok and beyond.
Each CD is housed in a sleeve with original cover art, a 200-page booklet documents the history of the label with personal reminiscences by key members of staff on both the technical and artistic developments of the label:
1] A history of Philips Classics by Frans van Dongen [Former member of the Philips Classical Recording Department in Baarn]
2] Philips Classics - A personal recollection by Costa Pilavachi [former Head of A&R and later President, Philips Classics]
Full recording information on each disc is included in the booklet and there are numerous photographs.
The release of this PHILIPS set has been made possible as a result of a special agreement with PHILIPS and use of the trademark is confined to this limited-edition set.
Top Customer Reviews
It was the second thing about Philips' releases that struck me the most - and that was the characteristic Philip's sound. It was beautiful - full, spacious, deep, resonant, and extremely truthful. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this box is emblazoned with Philips' motto: "Obsessed With Sound". They were, and remain so. That is the single characterisitic that unites this eclectic grouping of performances. With rare exception - particularly the Gardiner/Verdi/Requiem which remains somewhat congested. The chamber performances in particular, shine. All of Arrau's performances - including the many that are not incuded here, are recorded in some of the most life-like sound I have ever heard - as true in their CD incarnations as it was in their original LP releases.
Reviewer HT (above) gets it right, although we do disagree on that Verdi Requiem (see the comments). Most performances are excellent, if not definitive.Read more ›
Well, we are very glad we bought this set. You get the original Philips recordings, most of which are rare and hard to get, and some even have bonus tracks from the same conductor's other albums. Each CD is stored in the jacket of original artwork and the set comes with a booklet. The selection is outstanding, covering symphony, chamber and vocal or opera, with works from about 40 composers from different musical periods, with a good mix of top notch conductors, orchestras and guest performers. Overall sound quality is great. For those who want to know exactly what you'll be getting, a complete CD list with performance details (and ten links - the max allowed) is included below.
This set is well worth the price (as of this writing) and much more convenient and compact than buying the individual CDs (provided you could even find them all). If you are a long time classical music fan, you may have already owned most of them, but you may find some jewels. If you are new to classical music, this is a must-have set. Now, don't hurt your ankle on the way down off the fence.
CD 1 - Bruch: Violin Concertos No. 1, op. 26 & No. 2, op.Read more ›
This shows in the present set. The performances are generally first class and the recordings are all excellent for when they were made. Outstanding of the discs that I've heard so far are the Verdi: Requiem / Quattro Pezzi Sacri (Four Sacred Pieces) (Gardiner), Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Davis), Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Hungarian Peasant Songs; Rumanian Folk Dances (Fischer) and The Rite of Spring and Tchaikovsky 5th (both by Gergiev) Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Alexander Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy - Valery Gergiev / Kirov Orchestra. But none of the first 20 CDs has been a disappointment.
These recordings are highly regarded here in Amazon reviews and they are mostly discontinued (at least in Canada) now that this set is out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The most of all sound is excellent!
The Booklet is sepaerated page by page.
I need booking this.
Difficult to evaluate since I know many works and performances well but have gaping holes in other areas: Italian opera and French opera
exceprt Berlioz. Read more
Wonderful collection of classic recordings with a number of lesser-known works. Fantastic value for money.
The Philips set is notably different relative to the RCA and Mercury sets as it surveys nearly 50 years of recordings — which makes a comparison against the Decca (blue and red)... Read morePublished 7 months ago by James Oterreau
a couple (the Martha Argerich and one other i can't recall at the moment) were blank - great selection at a great pricePublished 22 months ago by K. Kelly
This is obviously the self-absorbed-entitled-jaded 21st century.
When else would a magnificent, advisedly assembled, and realistically economically priced (thus making it... Read more
Considering the breadth of the coverage of so many composers, singers and musicians, this is really a breathtaking collection. I am still going through it one by one. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Robin Ren